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Publisher's Summary

Insight from leaders who experienced major setbacks and redefined success.
In tough economic times, when careers are derailed and leaders are forced to rewrite their professional plans, this book enlightens and uplifts. Comebacks features an all-star cast of 10 leaders who endured setbacks - for some, a public fall in the midst of media scrutiny - then reassessed and moved ahead with new purpose. Based on revealing interviews, the book presents a behind-the headlines glimpse into the lives of leaders; how they drew upon resources, both internal and external, to move on; and the lessons that helped them redefine success.
Leaders profiled include:

Jacques Nasser, former CEO of Ford Motor Co., recently appointed chairman of BHP Billiton, the world's largest natural resources company;
Patricia Dunn, former chair of Hewlett-Packard, vilified for her alleged role in corporate espionage only to be exonerated from all charges, today active in philanthropy;
Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan);
Herbert "Pug" Winokur (Enron Corp.);
David Neeleman (JetBlue);
and more.
Redmond, a top executive recruiter, and Crisafulli, author of The House of Dimon, show how all leaders face adversity, but true leaders turn adversity into success.
©2010 Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Gerardo on 12-08-12

What a joke

Nothing to see here, move on, find another book. bye bye.

Still here? so you wonder why I wrote that. OK, here is hw it goes:
The authors found a handful of CEOs of really large companies who were fired by their board of directors or had otherwise horrible setback that left these poor people with multi-million-dollar golden parachutes.

The book is about how they went deep inside their souls, reached deep into their super powerful leadership skills and came back from the brink of disaster (imagine not being able to affort the Gulfstream 6 jet! the horror!) to come back to success.

Like one of the guys from Enron, who of course, knew nothing about the wrongdoing despite ivy league college education and many years of experience in F1000 companies. The two possible conlcusions are: either he was in, or he is an incompetent idiot. Either way, not a 'powerful leader' I am interested in following.

The worst part is that you only get one side of the story, the story from the CEO telling all the good things he did and how wonderful his leadership was at the company when all tof a sudden the evil board of directors decided to fire them because of their incompetence. At no point I heard the point of view of the board or an interview with people that were involved.

Look, I am an executive at a public company. I have nothing against smart people, leaders, and men and women that run companies, work hard, and make a lot of money.

But I was at Motorola when Galvin was running the show. The book is 100% misleading. The success Galvin claims was really his president's. Zafirovsky was a very smart guy. Not Galvin. Galvin was born rich and turned one of the world's leading companies into nothing. The book does talk about how the poor guy was left with well over a billion dollars and his powerful comeback is a few investment companies - what did you expect him to do with a billion dollars? where is the comeback? what about the about 100,000 people that lost their jobs?

Hey this is all my opinion,you may disagree. Maybe I am wrong. All I am telling you is I skipped the last four chapters and tuned my FM radio to comedy radio for the rest of my commute. It was a better use of my time.

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